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JCS brings Lady Rebels down to earth

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Lady Rebel Bethany Berger fires a pass upcourt against JCS.

Shari Armour’s Tipton-Rosemark Lady Rebel Basketball team has been the talk of the campus lately.

Coming out the gates with a 5-2 start with a few blowout victories, spectators came out Dec. 4 to the TRA Gymnasium to see the new-look Lady Rebels take on the Jackson Christian School Lady Eagles.

The Lady Eagles are normally one of the best teams in Division II-A and feature at least two players in their starting lineup taller than 6’1.

JCS showed up with its tradition features and took the action to TRA early jumping out to a 16-2 lead after one quarter. The Lady Eagles used their size in the post to control the board the rest of the game to post a 58-21 victory.

“I’m very proud of how they worked tonight,” Armour said of her team. “They didn’t give up. They kept pushing. They kept after it.

“But it’s just a basic, simple aspect of our defense,” she continued. “And our shots were not falling by no means. And when you only take 43 shots the whole game, the outcome is going to be in the other team’s favor.”

TRA took more shots in the second quarter after only tallying 2 points in the opening period.

“When you’re down by 14 going into the second quarter, it plays a major role in your head,” Armour noted. “When you don’t win the first quarter, you just can’t step up and win the end of the game. Overall Jackson Christian had a size advantage we don’t have. At the same time we have to learn how to play against people like that.”

The Lady Rebels seemed to play better against the JCS size in the second quarter by spreading the floor, using an uptempo offense and taking more shots. TRA outscored the Lady Eagles 10-8 in the first few minutes of the second quarter.

Lady Rebel Ally Naifeh took a bullet pass from teammate Bethany Berger for a layup. Then Berger got into the scoring act with a layup, jumper and drive to the rim.

Then Lady Rebel Taylor Beasley nailed a jump shot that made he score 24-12. That score held until halftime.

In the third quarter TRA kept attacking the basket and spreading the court. Lady Rebel Virginia Moore hit the first shot for her team with a three-pointer.

Moments later TRA’s Sara Hall hit back-to-back jumpers that made the score 38-20. But then the Lady Rebels started to make passing errors on offense.

Meanwhile the JCS interior players got buckets in the post to transform the 38-20 third quarter advantage into a 58-21 victory.

Armour said her team showed glimpses and that they can stay with the Lady Eagles.

“Hopefully we’ll be playing head to head with them,” she said. “We have to get our in our mindsets, just because we’re still young and inexperience, we still have to take our shots.

“We can’t get on offense and just set there,” Armour conclude.d “We have to be able to move, screen and pass. Our passes were not there tonight. We were two to three seconds late on our passes. And that gave the defense an opportunity to pick them off.”

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